Singapore is without question one of the best countries in the world.
But I get it, you want to watch UK TV there, not local TV. If you're a British expat in Singapore, travelling or you just love British TV (and who doesn't?!) then you'll want to keep up with all your favourite UK channels and shows.
Finding British TV content in Singapore can be difficult and unless you've got a StarHub subscription then your choices are extremely limited.
Even with StarHub the selection of UK TV channels is restricted and while there are a couple of BBC channels, you can't access things like ITV, Channel 4 and others.
However, by using a ‘VPN‘ app you can watch all your favourite UK TV in Singapore. You won't even need a StarHub subscription and best of all, VPN apps are completely legitimate and legal!
What do I need to watch UK TV in Singapore
To watch UK TV in Singapore you need a VPN app.
A VPN is an easy to use app that lets you change your online location. So, for example, you're in Singapore but by using a VPN you can make any website or other app think you're actually in the UK.
This allows you to watch all the UK's streaming services from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
You can even watch any subscription channels you (or your UK family or friends) have an account for. Allowing you to watch BT Sport, Sky and others in Singapore.
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of companies out there that offer VPN apps and it's really difficult to know which to choose.
After some pretty extensive testing, I've found ExpressVPN to be the best. They're beginner-friendly, quick to set up and they've got a huge 30-day money back guarantee.
There are some other neat options too and below are my top 3 choices for watching UK TV in Singapore:
A good VPN service is going to cost around £4 – £5 per month or around S$7 – S$8. The longer you subscribe for the cheaper they become and we all love getting things cheaper.
It's why I opted for the 12-month package from ExpressVPN because it's practically 50% cheaper than paying monthly.
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How can I use the VPN to watch UK TV in Singapore
Using the VPN app is really easy so they're no need to worry, especially if you're not good with technology.
Below I've put the example steps you'll need to follow to use the VPN app. This will let you watch all your favourite UK TV in Singapore.
In my example I'm using ExpressVPN but you can use any of the three choices from above.
How to watch UK TV in Singapore:
- Head over to the ExpressVPN website and sign up.
- Download and open their app.
- Login or activate the app when required.
- Select ‘Choose Location‘ (1).
- Then select ‘United Kingdom‘ (2).
- The app should automatically connect for you but if it doesn't press ‘Connect‘ (3).
Now you're connected you're free to watch all your favourite UK TV via their websites or apps.
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What do I do now I'm connected?
As you've now connected to the VPN any websites or apps you use think you're in the UK rather than Singapore.
When you usually visit websites like BBC iPlayer or try and use their app you'll be blocked if you're outside the UK.
Due to you being connected to the VPN app the BBC iPlayer website or app and others think you're in the UK so you're not blocked. This lets you watch any of your favourite UK TV in Singapore.
There's really nothing complicated to it now. Simply visit your favourite streaming website to watch or use their app. I've put together a list of some of the best below.
What UK TV channels can I watch?
When using a VPN you can watch almost all UK TV services, either live or on their catch-up service.
Some of the best that you'll want to check out include the following.
- BT Sport
- Sky Sports
- Sky Go
Are VPN apps legal?
With a lot of copyright material online and sketchy streaming websites, it can be difficult to know what's legal and what's not.
The good news is that VPN apps are completely legal in Singapore and in almost all countries across the world.
Apart from some countries such as China where they try to block VPN use, they're completely legitimate privacy apps. So if you're in Singapore or most other countries you're fine.
The real purpose of a VPN is to help you protect your online privacy. This is to stop companies, hackers and others from trying to spy on and monitor what you do online.
One of the features is by letting you hide your location and it's this that allows you to watch UK TV in Singapore.
What about a free VPN app?
You've probably heard of ‘free' VPN apps and are wondering why you should pay for something if you can get it ‘free'?
Hey, I hear you, I love free things as much as the next guy but free VPNs really aren't a good idea.
For watching video they're pretty terrible. With so many people using them they're slow and with the UK being so far from Singapore this can lead to buffering and poor quality video.
The next and more important issue is your security. You have no idea who is running the ‘free' VPN services and as they cost money to run you have to ask what they're getting out of it.
Often they monitor your internet usage or they inject ads or other nasties into your connection. If you still think a ‘free' VPN is a good idea then read here, here and here.. oh and here to see the very real scare stories that should convince you to think again.
Recap: How to watch UK TV in Singapore
If you're like a lot of British expats, travellers or Singaporeans who love British TV then you'll want to access UK TV.
To do this is easy, you'll need a VPN app.
I've tested more VPN services than I care to remember and recommend ExpressVPN for watching UK TV in Singapore.
Follow the link below to visit their website and sign up for their service. Then download their VPN app and connect to the UK.
Now you're connected you're free to watch unlimited UK TV in Singapore as much as you want.
What's your favourite UK TV channel or show that you want to watch in Singapore? I would love to know so why not let me know in the comments section below.
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